10 forgotten Premier League hat-tricks you really need to re-live
8. Afonso Alves (Middlesbrough 8-1 Man City, May 2008)
Most Boro fans would prefer to pretend that Afonso Alves never happened. Well, he did. He was a flop, but a flop who showed flashes of greater things against City’s unfortunate impression of a Premier League team.
City were set to wave goodbye to Sven-Goran Eriksson, but Alves – whose career at the Riverside was every bit as laughable as his unveiling alongside feather-clad dancing girls and a samba band – decided this dead-rubber match was the time to show his ruthless streak.
The hat-trick had technical merit, too, helped somewhat by Richard Dunne’s 14th-minute dismissal which prompted an astonishing capitulation. Alves tucked his first away confidently just inside the box, then grabbed No.2 with a fortuitous dink over (sort of) Andreas Isaksson. His third, a simple finish after a square ball from Jeremie Aliadiere, completed Boro’s biggest win in the top flight for 58 years. It also guaranteed that Eriksson’s showdown talks with City owner Thaksin Shinawatra ended with the Swede’s swift dismissal.
9. Somen Tchoyi (West Brom 3-3 Newcastle, May 2011)
Tchoyi, West Brom’s partly impressive/mostly useless Cameroonian playmaker, only ever scored seven goals for the Baggies – but he still gave their bouncing supporters ‘Tchoyi Story 3.’
His English football career may have lacked the compelling narrative of a Pixar production, but he still had Baggies fans smiling like they'd just seen Woody and Buzz falling with style in real life. Newcastle fell with anything but. They were 3-0 up and cruising by the 47th minute... until Tchoyi triumphantly intervened (inexplicably donning the No.5 shirt).
Roy Hodgson's half-time words must have touched a nerve for the 28-year-old, who coolly slotted in his first, then made a mockery of Fabricio Coloccini before driving home his second with a thumping finish. He saved No.3 for the last minute, meeting Jonas Olsson’s cross with a diving header to wipe the smile off Alan Pardew’s face.
10. Jordi Gomez (Wigan vs Reading, Nov 2012)
Gomez’s start to this game against Reading was marked by boos from his own fans, his indifferent form having proved enough for the Latics faithful to make their feelings about the Spaniard known. His response duly shut them up.
The first goal came from a rebound after Adam Federici failed to grasp his initial effort, before adding a second with a brilliant diving header. But a Sean Morrison strike and Ali Al-Habsi's own goal meant the score was locked at 2-2 in stoppage time.
Cue Gomez’s big moment, meeting Arouna Kone’s cross to lash home and complete a dramatic win, becoming only the second Spaniard after Fernando Torres to take home a Premier League match ball.
Gomez joined Sunderland and failed to produce such heroics for the Black Cats during his two-year stay there. He’s seeing out his later years back in Spain, currently at Segunda side Rayo Vallecano.
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